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Marek Kwiek in “Scientometrics” (2020). An article on “Internationalists and Locals: International Research Collaboration in a Resource-Poor System”

May, 2020

Marek Kwiek published another article in “Scientometrics”.

The article is about a distiction between “internationalists” and “locals” in research – contrasting scientists collaborating and not collaborating internationally.

Marek Kwiek, “Internationalists and locals: international research collaboration in a resource-poor system”

Published on-line April 28, 2020.

Scientometrics (2020).

The article is available from Scientometrics website (Gold Access) or    here.


The principal distinction drawn in this study is between research “internationalists” and “locals.” The former are scientists involved in international research collaboration while the latter group are not. These two distinct types of scientist compete for academic prestige, research funding, and international recognition. International research collaboration proves to be a powerful stratifying force, involving two parallel processes: “internationalization accumulative advantage” and “internationalization accumulative disadvantage.” As a clearly defined subgroup, internationalists are a different academic species, accounting for 51.4% of Polish scientists; predominantly male and older, they have longer academic experience and higher academic degrees and occupy higher academic positions. Across all academic clusters, internationalists consistently produce more than 90% of internationally co-authored publications, representing 2,320% of locals’ productivity for peer-reviewed articles and 1,600% for peer-reviewed article equivalents. Internationalists tend to spend less time than locals on teaching-related activities, more time on research, and more time on administrative duties. Based on a large-scale academic survey (N = 3,704), some new predictors of international research collaboration were identified by multivariate analyses. The findings have global policy implications for resource-poor science systems “playing catch-up” in terms of academic careers, productivity patterns, and research internationalization policies.